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Saint Laurent, the story

The story:

Thank you.I have received a copy of the book, it is titled "The Land Between The Lakes.Land that had been given to the Assiniboine Indians by the Saulteaux and the Cree.
 
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                                                            The Name Desjarlais




The Desjarlais family name began with the arrival of Jean-Jacquet deGerlaisse, a man from Belgium who had come over with deTracy, and had settled in with an already establish Sieur named Trudel, in Louiseville RDL. Joseph Desjarlais 1754 would venture out West, and into Manitoba with the expanding fur trade. They made their home in Manitoba in the 18th century and lived temporarily within a missionary village west of St. Boniface. Joseph begins our lineage in Manitoba.


This web site highlights the Desjarlais genealogy through a romanticized version of each individual concerned and from a time that marks the beginning of Louiseville RDL. Louiseville had been successfully settled and had grown into a thriving community. And much of that history had been before the fur trade had been discovered. And initially, and in preparation for colonization only men had come over from France, because strong and robust men had been needed to clear land in preparation for the future farming of that land. And when that initial stage had proven to be successful ,woman had then been sent to New France to marry those first colonists. Those women had been known as "Les Filles du Roi."


That part of our history, the beginning years reflected the hardships,the long cold winters and the constant and ongoing battles with the Indian Nations surrounding New France, and this story also mentions the ongoing skirmishes between the French and the British. And those battles would escalate in part, and because of the expanding Fur trade, mostly  because those men had spread out and had made their presence known. And although the fur trade had been a thorn in Frances side, it had also been a good source of revenue. So while the dream had been of building farming communities that would flourish into successful "Seigneuries" and to successfully populate the area, nevertheless, the fur trade had been tolerated.


The exploitation of the fur trade had been the reason that those courageous men had trekked out and had eventually opened up the West, and beginning in what is now Manitoba.


And that area had been populated by men of different nations, as the easy money of the fur trade industry had captivated the minds of the adventurous men of France, and England, and including the Scots and the Irish. And those men had mixed in with the indigenous population and that fraternity had enabled those men to exploit the Native Indian. Those natives knew the land, knew the best ways to hunt, and the best areas that had been rich in fur bearing animals. The native had also introduced them to the Buffalo, and the Buffalo hunt. Those that hunted had become known as the Buffalo brigade, and that brigade had often gone as far south as New Mexico. And it is those men that had opened up the West out to Alberta and into the North West Territories. And it is those men that invented the "Red River Cart. And that two wheeled cart that had  been pulled by oxen, had opened up the fur trade in ways that had not been dreamed possible. The fur trade had always used waterways to transport their goods, in York boats, and that had limited their possibilities. But with the introduction of the Red river cart, the fur trader could travel overland, and whenever and wherever they wished.
Our ancestry, beginning with Jean-Jacquet deGerlaisse, and his boys Joseph and Jean-Francois had been pivotal in bringing the deGerlaisse name out West, albeit with the named changed to Desjarlais. The simple truth is that our name is a bastardized version of the original, and that change had been introduced by the clergy, and during a wedding ceremony, when the presiding Priest had misspelled the family name. And that my friends is how history is made.